• The development of an electronic distance learning course in health informatics 

    Parry, David; Cockcroft, Sophie; Breton, Alice; Abernethy, David; Gillies, John
    Since 1997 the authors have been involved in the development of a distance learning course in health informatics. The course is delivered via CD-ROM and the Internet. During this process we have learned valuable lessons ...
  • First experiences in implementing a spatial metadata repository 

    Cockcroft, Sophie
    Integrated software engineering environments (ISEE) for traditional non spatial information systems are well developed, incorporating Database Management Systems (DBMS) and Computer Aided Software Engineering (CASE) tools. ...
  • Infiltrating IT into primary care: A case study 

    Cockcroft, Sophie; Parry, David; Breton, Alice; Abernethy, David; Gillies, John
    Web based approaches to tracking students on placement are receiving much interest in the field of medical education The work presented here describes a web-based solution to the problem of managing data collection from ...
  • An object repository model for the storage of spatial metadata 

    Cockcroft, Sophie
    The design of spatial information systems has traditionally been carried out independently of mainstream database developments. It is contended that the adoption of mainstream database design techniques is important to ...
  • A taxonomy of spatial data integrity constraints 

    Cockcroft, Sophie
    Spatial data quality has become an issue of increasing concern to researchers and practitioners in the field of Spatial Information Systems (SIS). Clearly the results of any spatial analysis are only as good as the data ...
  • The use of a metadata repository in spatial database development 

    Cockcroft, Sophie
    Database schemas currently used to define spatial databases are deficient in that they do not incorporate facilities to specify business rules/integrity constraints. This shortcoming has been noted by Günther and Lamberts ...
  • User defined spatial business rules: storage, management and implementation — a pipe network case study 

    Cockcroft, Sophie
    The application of business rules as a means of ensuring data quality is an accepted approach in information systems development. Rules, defined by the user, are stored and manipulated by a repository or data dictionary. ...
  • Using the Internet to teach health informatics 

    Parry, David; Breton, Alice; Abernethy, David; Cockcroft, Sophie; Gillies, John
    Since July 1998 we have been teaching an Internet-based distance learning course in health informatics. The development of this course and the experiences we have had running it are described in this paper. The course was ...